Woodridge Farm


Oldenburg Stallion
Furioso II/Windstille/Weltmeister

March 17, 1984 - November 10, 2013

  The End of an Era...

    With heavy hearts we are announcing the passing of Frohwind.  He had the look of his mother, Windstille and the heart of his legendary father, Furioso II.  Like his father, Frohwind was blessed with the ability to stamp his offspring with his athleticism, heart and his look.  He came into our lives when Jorg and Waltraud Stockinger (Margret's parents) decided to purchase the two year old from Michael McClure.  Michael told us that Frohwind was the first frozen semen baby conceived in the US and to celebrate this, a naming contest was held and that is how he got his name.
     Helmut and Margret Schrant began his training and  Frohwind’s first major public appearance was at the 100 Day Stallion Testing at Rancho Murrieta, CA where he became Champion with 137.54 points – a score which set a record high for many years.  He scored 9’s for Willingness to Work, Ability to Work and Rideability.  Even though he earned the nickname “bedroom eyes” a romancer he was not, he was always a serious contender.  Always on task; keeping an eye out at the farm, excelling in his training and his trademark announcement of his presence at every horse show.  He was truly one of a kind.  In competition, he excelled in dressage, eventing and the jumper ring.  A true all round athlete, with the heart of a champion.
    In 1991, Frohwind expanded his horizons from Illinois by including Oklahoma in his territory.  An enduring partnership was formed between the Schrants of Meadow Brook Farm and the Carlsons of Woodridge Farm.  Throughout his competition years Frohwind alternated residence between the two farms.  While at Meadow Brook he was shown in jumper competition by Helmut and when at Woodridge he was shown in dressage by Anthea Kin and then Helen Partington.  On his was to earning his stallion star ratings there was a friendly competition between Helmut and Helen as to who would ride him to that coveted Performance Star.  Helmut would prevail and he earned that star for his winnings in Open Jumpers. The following year, Frohwind would have earned it with his scores at Prix St. George under Helen. He was soon to earn the coveted Five Star designation – a distinction earned by only a handful of stallions. 
     Frohwind went on to become one of the leading producers for the Oldenburg registry.  For many years he was the leading producer of Premium Foals, he has many Premium mares and three licensed stallion sons.  His performance offspring have excelled in hunter, jumper, eventing, dressage and combined driving competition. In 2000 and 2003 he was the USEF Leading Sire for Half-Arabians and has remained in the top ten sire list of this category almost every year since - including 2013 to date.  His legacy will live on in the many generations that follow him.
     In his later years he stayed at Woodridge Farm and impressed everyone with his strength and stoicism. Despite his advancing years he would always have to show off to other stallions and go through the posturing until they admitted he was “king”.  He would bow his neck and trot off with an extension worthy of a five year old! He would never admit to any unsoundness or infirmity.  So it was a blessing that on Sunday, after breakfast he laid down and closed his eyes for the last time at the grand age of 29 in front of our very eyes and saved us all from having to make the decision all we animal guardians dread.
     Our thanks go to veterinarians Vickie Heidlage and Jim Shipman and our farrier Mike Proulx who kept him at his best for so long.

 He truly was the horse of a lifetime. 


Photo by Susan Sexton©  

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